What are the best Historic Sites in Vietnam?
Built in stages between 1886 and 1901 in downtown Hanoi by the French, Hoa Lo Prison – translated as ‘fiery furnace’ or ‘Hell’s hole’ – was a place of incomprehensible brutality.
Save for the small southern section, the prison was demolished in the mid-1990s and today, the museum focuses predominantly on the French colonial era and has been described as a ‘bare-knuckles recreation of destitution’. See a gruesome array of chains, shackles, the guillotine and other torture instruments, the cells and the iron doors that were built and shipped over from France.
The Imperial City of Hue was the capital of Viet Nam from 1802 to 1945 and of vital importance to the last Vietnamese royal house of the Nguyen Dynasty.
As the country's political, cultural and religious centre for this period, Hue boasts an array of architectural treasures and UNESCO has described it as an "outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital". Of particular significance is the way in which the city was integrated within its natural surroundings.
Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1993, the site is actually a vast complex of monuments spread over 4km and encompassing some 140 constructions of varying sizes including temples, pavilions, a library and even a theatre. This was all protected by three circles of impressive ramparts reinforced by 24 bastions and pierced by 10 intricately decorated gates.
The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam is dedicated to commemorating the life of the founder of Vietnam’s Communist Party and former President of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.
From the biographical to the almost existential, the Ho Chi Minh Museum looks at his life and his ideals. It also explores Vietnam’s international conflicts and its struggle for independence. It is near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his final resting place.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam is a vast granite and red marble structure which houses the tomb of Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known by some Vietnamese as Uncle Hồ.
Ho’s body is now found in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can view it in its glass encasement.